Louis R. Levin, Ph.D.

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Clinical Psychologist  NM License # 598
2078 Calle Contento  Santa Fe  NM  87505
(505) 473-3719

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The Heron symbolizes greeting the dawn 
and providing for the young; 
It also represents danger overcome,
was the generator of new life in mythological times, and was seen as a favorable omen whenever it appeared.

 

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PARENTING FROM A POSITIVE DISCIPLINE APPROACH
1. Make Your Discipline Constructive, Not Negative. Kids act more responsibly when they know exactly what it is they’re expected to do. Give clear directions and enforce the limits on your child’s behavior. Emphasize “Do this,” instead of “Don’t do that.” For example:  “Please put your toys in the box, or they’ll be taken away for the day,” instead of, “Don’t leave these toys lying around everywhere!”
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10 Things About Anger

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ANGER
1. The events of this world don’t make you angry; your “hot thoughts” create your anger. Even when a genuinely negative event occurs, it is the meaning you attach to it that determines your emotional response. Responsibility for your anger is ultimately to your advantage--it gives you the opportunity to achieve control and make a free choice about how you want to feel.
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Problems With Attention & ADD/ADHD 

THE BASICS
1.Tell the truth to your ADD child
2.Use an accurate vocabulary
3.Metaphor of nearsightedness
4.Answer questions
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Childhood Depression

DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN
Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, which is a treatable illness. Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function.
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Anxiety in Children

ANXIETY IN CHILDREN
"…approximately 1 out of 10 children suffer from an anxiety disorder."

By: Michael G. Conner, Psy.D; Published in the Family News, 2002. Posted here with permission from Dr. Conner. A small number of changes have been made to Dr. Conner’s original text.  Dr. Conner’s website:
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Children who experience fear and anxiety will tell you how they feel, but only when they are not afraid of being embarrassed, humiliated or punished. Parents face special challenges because children with anxiety tend to be nervous, avoidant, annoying or exhausting. If you become frustrated and make these children feel bad, they stop being honest and start telling you that they are tired, sick, "fine" or just don't care.
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT BEHAVIOR
All children are oppositional from time to time, particularly when tired, hungry,
 stressed or upset. They may argue, talk back, disobey, and defy parents, teachers, and other adults. Oppositional behavior is often a normal part of development for two to three year olds and early adolescents. However, openly uncooperative and hostile behavior becomes a serious concern when it is so frequent and consistent that it stands out when compared with other children of the same age and developmental level and when it affects the child's social, family, and academic life.
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A Note On Clinical Diagnostics

A NOTE ABOUT CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS: There is considerable disagreement about the meaning of psychiatric diagnoses. Basically, a diagnosis refers to a pattern of behavior; some of these patterns have been very closely correlated with discernible biochemical or neurological markers, while others have not. For example, we see clear biological differences in the blood chemistry of certain kinds of depressive people, while there is (so far) no such biological basis for obsessive-compulsive behavior.
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